Boca Raton Museum Of Art Awarded Grant For Expanded Outreach Educational Programming

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The Boca Raton Museum of Art’s  Education Department recently secured a $40,000 grant from Prime Time Palm Beach County.

The Museum’s Meet a Master, Create a Masterpiece Roadshow, in its 11th year, will expand to provide quality visual arts programming to out-of-school organizations in the southern half of the county.

“It is exciting that our Education Department is able to expand its outreach programming to a variety of afterschool institutions,” said Irvin Lippman, Executive Director. “The Museum gains more recognition every year for this stellar program.” Earlier this year, the Museum received the Liman Excellence in Arts Education Award from the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County for this and its other academic programming.

The grant will enable the Museum to supply a 6-week program to 18 sites over the year.

“I am excited that the Museum will engage new students in grades K-5 with this interactive, curriculum-enrichment program,” said  Luis Glickman, Academic Programs Manager.

Each week, the sites will receive five 90-minute classes at their location, and one 60-minute trip to the Boca Raton Museum of Art.

The interactive curriculum-enrichment program will introduce artists, art history, different cultures, and new vocabulary. The children will create hands-on art activities and engage in art critiques. At the end of their Museum visit, all children will receive a free family pass for a return visit with their family.

Prime Time Palm Beach County, Inc. is a non-profit, intermediary organization dedicated to out-of-school time (OST) programs. Prime Time oversees a system for reaching quality standards through assessment, program improvement and quality coaching. It also provides professional development, career advising and networking opportunities to OST practitioners, and through partnerships, supports a range of enrichment activities available to OST programs countywide.

The hours between the time that children get out of school and the time that working parents come home is considered “prime time” for continuous learning and growth or risky behaviors. This critical window of time after school presents not only challenges but also opportunities to impact youth development.